Tuesdays in February
- another genre assignment - book pass
- discuss one battle book each week
- silent reading

Tuesdays in January
- one week - show new OPAC in tech lab
- other weeks - book talk book fair books, book fair video and book fair
Tuesdays in December
- book pass for new genre assignment if needed
- each week discuss/read from one battle book

December 11, 2012
1st Class - Ranger's Apprentice
2nd Class - Face on the Milk Carton

December 4, 2012
Show class book trailers on website
1st Class - Theodore Boone
2nd Class - Truce
November - before Thanksgiving
General introduction to battle books and silent reading

October, 30, 2012
Pass the book - Science fiction - structured book selection

October 23, 2012
Silent reading, independent checkout

October 16, 2012
Silent reading, independent checkout

October 9, 2012
Silent reading, independent checkout

October 2, 2012
Silent reading, independent checkout

September 25, 2012
Silent reading, independent checkout

September 18, 2012
Did not come to library - Wildner to get articles on U-Boats

September 11, 2012
- Please Pass the Book - Library Sparks October 2011

Review of library rules and procedures and expected behavior, Mystery Fiction book pass
See link below for record and scan for article.
- 8-9 books at each table, 5 kids at each table
- fiction book pass - call time - take one book to investigate
1. read title and author's name and look at front cover
2. Read the book blurb on back cover or flap of jacket
3. Turn to first chapter and keep reading, if not interested - flip to middle and start reading
4. Call time - stop reading and record book on book pass log - include comment and rating
Name on book pass and collect.
http://www.highsmith.com/pdf/librarysparks/2011/lsp_oct11_ker_repro.pdf -

Week of Thanksgiving - Tuesday - battle

4/5/11 - tech lab

3/29/11 - booktalk topics


Continue - thick and think questions - Mary Celeste

Thick and think questions - Mary Celeste

October 12, 2010
Book Reviews - have kids change font, add book cover and put on flash drive - in tech lab?

September 14, 2010

40 Book Challenge
Review different genres - show stickers on books, talk about library website, show where find poetry, novels in verse, mythology, folktales, informational

June, 2010

Two mornings - battle of the books

April-May, 2010

Battle of the Books

Note: Gave both 6th gr HR teachers audio clips of battle books to play during homeroom

6th Grade battle of the books – AUDIO CLIPS FOR HOMEROOM
Audio excerpts to play during homeroom – sometimes need to hit play, then hit pause and then hit play again.
Firegirl by Tony Abbot
Audio excerpt http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=666
Football Genius by Tim Green

Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780060748142/Olives_Ocean_Unabridged/index.aspx - note: need to click on Audio Excerpt
Travel Team by Mike Lupica
Audio excerpt http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=2041
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt –


Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
http://www.vpr.net/camelshump/library/season_6_pages/maniac_magee.html click on audio
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis – none
Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Mister Monday by Garth Nix
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brien
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 by Elisa Carbone – none
Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau – author discusses book’s idea at beginning
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester – none
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Everest: Book One: The Contest by Gordon Korman – none
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen
The Wright 3 by Blue Balliet
Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac – author talks about origin behind book
Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
Last Shot by John Feinstein
April 19

Individual help in library with thin and thick questions, narrowing topic
April 12

Research topic book talks - discussion of narrowing topics

March-April, 2010

Historical Fiction genre assignment

February, 2010

February 16 - model book talk - follow LM's guidelines for writing a book review

Fantasy genre assignment

December 2009-January, 2010

Battle of the books

December 9, 2009

Christmas carol vocabulary - check out books for Christmas vacation

November 24, 2009

Read aloud from Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt - start the chapter titled November - introduce the book using the intro on p. 82 of Reid's Read Alouds.

November 10, 2009

Choose a battle book
Choose an informational book

October 27, 2009

Read a scary story to 6th grade - Mia's Ghost by San Souci - From The August House of Scary Stories - edited by Liz Parkhurst - make sure to follow storyteller's instructions at end - giving emphasis on Mia and the haunted house

October 20, 2009

KW go to classroom - get student opinions on last year's (5th grade) battle books
- Which ones were total winners - you just loved them?
- Which ones didn't you like?

October 13, 2009

Select mystery from tables - silent reading - book dating method.

October 6, 2009

not coming to library

September 29, 2009

Nonfiction book talks - from Gotcha series by Kathleen Baxter - Around the World Theme -purpose to get kids to read NF for 40 book challenge
Gotcha Good
What if You Met a Knight? - p. 94
Taj Majal by Caroline Arnold p. 95
The World Made New by Marc Aronson -. 96
Hatshepsut by Ellen Galford p. 102, 103
Blackbeard the Pirate Kingp. 106, 107
Cat witht he Yellow star by Susan Rubin p. 113
The Secret of the Priest's Grotto p. 118

Gotcha for Guys
What if you met a Knight p. 1
Hitler Youth p. 2 and 3
Ghosts of the Nile p. 4
Hiroshima by Clive Lawton p. 5
Remember WWII p. 7
Hidden Child p. 7
Lonek's Journy p. 9
Ancient Rome p. 9

September 22, 2009

6th Grade did not come to library this week

September 15, 2009

Check out books - show kids where poetry and mythology are located in library. Kids need to return to classroom relatively quickly to finish testing.

September 1, 2009

This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall – 6th gradeBruno Walton and Melvin (Boots) O' Neal love their shared dorm room in the Topnotch Canadian boarding school, Macdonald Hall, but when their practical jokes get out of hand, Headmaster Sturgeon (The Fish) feels his best choice is to separate the lifelong friends. Bruno is forced to move in with Elmer Drimsdale, the eccentric school genius who raises fish in the bathtub, plants in the dresser, and who's idea of a good time is to stay up 'til the wee hours studying the Crab Nebula with his telescope, while Boots is saddled with George Wexford-Smyth III, a hypochondriac yuppie snob who believes it vitally important to sterilize his dorm room daily. Life is not good. Though Bruno comes up with one wild scheme after another to convince the Headmaster to put the two back together, it seems that nothing will work. Has the Fish managed to put a permanent end to Bruno and Boots' friendship? Not if Bruno has anything to say about it. This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall was Gordon Korman's first book, written as an English project when he was only 12 years old, and in it he introduced many of the Macdonald Hall characters that would remain favorites for many books to come.
Gordon Korman Realistic Fiction - ties to Morrow's Literature assignment - response to liberature - Realistic fiction - everyone needs a realistic fiction book – handed out realistic fiction listThis Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall - Booktalk and Read excerpts from book – p.g. 49 * to 51 * and page 53* to page 55*
Find book for Realistic Fiction genre study
Speed Dating for Books" Realistic Fiction - source lm_net
We are having SO much fun with it. I have piled stacks of books all
over the tables. When the class comes in, they choose a table to sit
and pick a book that appeals to them. They are given 5 minutes to "get
to know" the book they pick up. After 5 minutes - everyone goes to a
different table. If the first book they read has really grabbed them -
they can check it out and go sit on the bean bag chairs and read the
rest of the time. If the first book did not grab them - they choose a
book from the 2nd table and give it 5 more minutes. We had them switch
4 times. Then the teacher told them it was time to make a final
decision on which book they were going to take out for a longer "date".
The kids really enjoyed it. It was a very peaceful activity as the kids
descended into the books. It gave kids a "method" for choosing books.
It gave kids an opportunity to share about books that were on the table
that they had already read. Lots of fun was had by all!

HA Version - same thing - just call it book tryouts
Realistic Fiction genre assignment

June 9 and 10, 2009

Battle of the Books - two mornings

May 12, 2009

Still working on battle books - no genre assignment

May 5, 2009

6th grade - checking in and out battle books - brief team meetins

April 28, 2009

Battle of the Books - teams - and finding books

April 21, 2009

Research - Bibliography - writing down all sources - use powerpoint

April 14, 2009

Easter Vacation

April 7, 2009

Individual help with research projects

March 30, 2009

Introduce Research project on behalf of Morrow
Book talk various books and topics appropriate to research project - 6th grade

March 24, 2009

Did not come to the library

March 17, 2009

Reading Strategy/Listening Grade for Morrow

Read Aloud Zathura by Chris VanAllsburg
Make Summarization Pyramid worksheet for kids - p. 113 of Teaching Integrated Reading Strategies in the Middle School Library Media Center - based on Zathura
- put story pyramid together as a group
9:15 - Anderson's HR, 10:45 - Morrow's HR

March 10, 2009

Did not come to library

March 3, 2009

Choose a fantasy book for project

February 24, 2009

Thin and Thick questioning continued - finish up Wolf Girls

February 17, 2009

Thin and Thick questioning - using Wolf Girls by Jane Yolen

January 6, 2008

Fact Trackers for Battle Books - demonstrate using short picture book - use as example - Edwina - The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems

December 16, 2008

Christmas Carol vocabulary game

December 9, 2008 - Did not come to library

December 2, 2008 - Reading Strategies

Nonfiction previewing strategies. Look at title, subheadings and illustrations - See p. 10 in Teaching Integrated Reading Strategies in the Middle School Library

DIA - Directed Inquiry Activity - kind of

Survey the title, subheadings and illustrations in the non-fiction book they checked out last week.

K. Wildner will model - based on review will be working on for next week - Magellan - what do I know? what do I think I will learn from this book?

Make a chart on loose-leaf paper - On one side - put what you already know about the subject, on the next side - put what you want to know

November 25, 2008 - Nonfiction

Nonfiction book talks - purpose to have each 6th grade student choose a good nonfiction book to check out and use in LA/Lit. Use booktalks from Gotcha series by Baxter.